Fawnskin’s Seasonal Shift

Above: You say “to-may-to,” I say “to-mah-to,” but most people say…yum!

This week I’ve been watching the bulk of the deciduous trees change colors. The maples announce their presence with striking red leaves and the aspens are a lovely gold that shimmer in the breeze–catching the eye with their rich hues.

The seasonal shift signals that winter is truly around the corner and this time of year is my favorite. I love the crisp mornings and the warm sun shining on my skin while a cold breeze makes me haul around a sweatshirt that I slip on when I am in the shade or when the sun drops down below the horizon.

In the morning, the calm, cold, mirrored surface of the lake changes slowly as the sun begins to hit–creating a mist that lingers and slowly crawls across the bay before disappearing. The colors of the foliage change each moment as the sun slowly creeps up above the Eastern horizon and into the sky. Paired with the murmors of the local waterfowl, it is a restful and reassuring.

In the food department it is time for apples, pears, and great tomatos. My little pear tree didn’t like the rain and dropped all her pears overnight–while changing color in the process. I’ve been eyeing her daily and the sudden change surprised me.

Alas, the pears are not yet ripe and now reside on my counter along with some of the tomatoes my neighbor gave me and others that I scored from the Moose Lodge.

This time of year neighbors share their bounty with everyone in the community. Down at Moose Lodge 2085, members bring in their garden goodies and leave them on the table next to the entry so others can grab a few and enjoy them as well. I have a bunch of tomatos ripening on the counter above my kitchen sink as a result.

My apple trees have only a small bounty this year. The birds got most of the fruit on one tree but I am watching the other like a hawk. Even my chiropracter said to take some apples from the tree at his office.

Last year my trees had a ton of apples and my pal Lindsay suggested that I prepare and freeze the harvest. (Everyone had a ton of apples and it was hard to give any away!) It worked out well and people were ranting about the apple pies that arrived at almost every potluck I attended long past ripening season. I am going to do that again no doubt–if I can make room in the freezer!

I love the taste of home grown fruit. Growing up all my family and neighbors had a variety of trees and foods we grew in our gardens. Today, most of the produce we get is tasteless genetically altered stuff. I buy organic these days and am happy to support the local farmers and get the tasty treats.

The Heirloom tomato (pictured above) remains one of my favorites–although there is speculation as to just how far back the origins of this tomato actually go, I heard that it is over a 100 years but also read there is speculation that they only go back to the mid-40’s.

Personally, I love slicing, adding fresh basil, and a little balsamic vinegar with a sprinkle of pepper as a snack. You can read more about tomato harvesting and get vintage seeds here. If you are interested in vintage tomatoes check out the books below!

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